Quickstart: Pause and resume compute in dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) via the Azure portal

You can use the Azure portal to pause and resume the Dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) compute resources. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sign in to the Azure portal

Sign in to the Azure portal.

Before you begin

Use Create and Connect - portal to create a dedicated SQL pool called mySampleDataWarehouse.

Pause compute

To reduce costs, you can pause and resume compute resources on-demand. For example, if you won't be using the database during the night and on weekends, you can pause it during those times, and resume it during the day.

Note

You won't be charged for compute resources while the database is paused. However, you will continue to be charged for storage.

Follow these steps to pause a dedicated SQL pool:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Click Dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) in the left navigation page of the Azure portal.

  3. Select mySampleDataWarehouse from the Dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) page to open the SQL pool.

  4. On the mySampleDataWarehouse page, notice Status is Online.

    Compute online

  5. To pause the dedicated SQL pool, click the Pause button.

  6. A confirmation question appears asking if you want to continue. Click Yes.

  7. Wait a few moments, and then notice the Status is Pausing.

    Screenshot shows the Azure portal for a sample data warehouse with a Status value of Pausing.

  8. When the pause operation is complete, the status is Paused and the option button is Resume.

  9. The compute resources for the dedicated SQL pool are now offline. You won't be charged for compute until you resume the service.

    Compute offline

Resume compute

Follow these steps to resume a dedicated SQL pool.

  1. Click Dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) in the left page of the Azure portal.

  2. Select mySampleDataWarehouse from the Dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW)) page to open the SQL pool page.

  3. On the mySampleDataWarehouse page, notice Status is Paused.

    Compute offline

  4. To resume SQL pool, click Resume.

  5. A confirmation question appears asking if you want to start. Click Yes.

  6. Notice the Status is Resuming.

    Screenshot shows the Azure portal for a sample data warehouse with the Start button selected and a Status value of Resuming.

  7. When the SQL pool is back online, the status is Online and the option button is Pause.

  8. The compute resources for SQL pool are now online and you can use the service. Charges for compute have resumed.

    Compute online

Clean up resources

You are being charged for data warehouse units and the data stored in your dedicated SQL pool. These compute and storage resources are billed separately.

  • If you want to keep the data in storage, pause compute.
  • If you want to remove future charges, you can delete the dedicated SQL pool.

Follow these steps to clean up resources as you desire.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal, and select your dedicated SQL pool.

    Clean up resources

  2. To pause compute, click the Pause button.

  3. To remove the dedicated SQL pool so you are not charged for compute or storage, click Delete.

Next steps

You have now paused and resumed compute for your dedicated SQL pool. Continue to the next article to learn more about how to Load data into a dedicated SQL pool. For additional information about managing compute capabilities, see the Manage compute overview article.